Why was "tantrum" trending last week?
Old English ancleow "ankle," from PIE root *ang-/*ank- "to bend" (see angle (n.)). The modern form seems to have been influenced by Old Norse ökkla or Old Frisian ankel, which are immediately from the Proto-Germanic form of the root (cf. Middle High German anke "joint," German Enke "ankle"); the second element in the Old English, Old Norse and Old Frisian forms perhaps suggests claw (cf. Dutch anklaauw), or it may be from influence of cneow "knee," or it may be diminutive suffix -el. Middle English writers distinguished inner ankle projection (hel of the ancle) from the outer (utter or utward).
ankle an·kle (āng'kəl)
The joint between the leg and foot in which the tibia and fibula articulate with the talus.
The region of the ankle joint.
To walk: I ankled over to the barRelated Terms
[perhaps in part from angle, cited fr 1890s in sense of ''to walk'']